'''Ivan Alexandrovich Goncharov''' (;
[[http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/goncharov "Goncharov"]. ''Random House Webster's Unabridged Dictionary''.]
, ''Ivan Aleksandrovich Goncharov''; – ) was a Russian novelist best known for his novels ''A Common Story
'' (1847), ''Oblomov
'' (1859), and ''The Precipice (Ivan Goncharov)|The Precipice
'' (1869). He also served in many official capacities, including the position of Censorship|censor
Goncharov was born in Simbirsk
into the family of a wealthy merchant; as a reward for his grandfather's military service, they were elevated to gentry status.
[Oblomov, Penguin Classics, 2005. p. ix.]
He was educated at a boarding school, then the Moscow College of Commerce, and finally at Moscow State University
. After graduating, he served for a short time in the office of the Governor of Simbirsk, before moving to Saint Petersburg where he worked as government translator and...